Spanish publication Sport have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for Barcelona midfielder Philippe Coutinho, who is currently on loan at Aston Villa.
Coutinho was linked with a move to Spurs during the January transfer window (El Nacional) but the Brazilian ended up sealing a loan move to Villa Park instead.
The former Liverpool man has impressed on his return to the Premier League and according to Sport, several English clubs are now contemplating making a move for him.
The report claims that some Premier League teams did not want to sign the attacking midfielder in January since they viewed it as a risk on the back of his recent struggles at the Camp Nou.
However, Coutinho is thought to be generating a lot of interest from England on the back of his impressive displays at Villa.
The report explains that Steven Gerrard’s men have an option to sign the Barcelona star for €40m (£33.5m) but Arsenal are ready to pounce should the midfielder not seal a move to Villa in the summer.
It is asserted that the Catalan giants have already made up their minds to cash in on Coutinho at the end of the season.
The report adds that Barca have not ruled out clubs like Spurs and West Ham from making an offer for the midfielder in the summer.
Spurs Web Opinion
I did not want Coutinho at Spurs in January, given how poor he has been for the last couple of seasons at Barca. However, the 29-year-old has proven at Villa that he can be quite a useful player in the right system.
I still do not think the Brazilian would be at the top of Tottenham’s wishlist in the summer as the North London club are likely to be looking at players of a younger profile like Franck Kessie or Weston McKennie.
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